Prospect’s February issue has arrived on newsstands to the sound of smashed windows, cavalry charges and all manner of hollering.
The cause of all this excitement has been our cover story, “The new age of protest,” and in particular, Shiv Malik’s interview with Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The Telegraph got in on the act first, with an article entitled “Police left behind by cyber criminals” (which, mysteriously, is yet to appear online), and the Guardian and Reuters soon followed suit. Meanwhile Liberal Conspiracy’s Steven Sumpter responded to “this idiot” Hugh Orde by describing his comments variously as confused, “ludicrous” and “shocking.” Shiv Malik also made an appearance on 5 live Drive to discuss Orde, kettling and the future of protest in Britain.
Away from the protests, our investment special saw coverage in City AM, where Jon Moulton, the chairman of Better Capital, received praise (or was it a sarcastic ribbing?) for what the newspaper refers to as “a particularly fine zinger”:
“In a section which asks City-types to talk about their best and worst investments, Moulton quips: ‘My wife sadly declined, with unusual vigour, to be nominated in either category.’” A zinger indeed.
North of the border, the Herald reported on Alistair Darling’s call for school lessons in finance and pensions.
Elsewhere, in the Guardian diary Michael White saw Peter Kellner’s latest column as another blow to Nick Clegg’s dreams of coalition politics ushering in an ever-so lovely age of apple-pie consensus.
Finally, over on the Independent’s diary page things looked even worse for Clegg, with news, straight from Prospect’s own diary, that the arrival of two giant pandas courtesy of the Chinese government spells certain doom for the deputy PM. Tian Tian and Yangguang may look cuddly, but be warned, Cleggeron, they know kung fu…